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Thursday 10 March 2016

We are interested in feedback from all groups within Presbyterian and Uniting parishes - ministers, elders, members, youth pastors, family workers, members and others - about the usefulness of Church communications like our website, Bush Telegraph and Spanz.

Your feedback will help us understand what is working well with our communications, and what areas we need to work on to ensure that our efforts better meet the needs of church leaders and members.

We invite you to take this online survey, which will take about 5 minutes to complete.

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Wednesday 02 March 2016

In his Easter message to the Church, Moderator, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton, reminds us that "death is not the final word - life is!" Andrew's message has been sent to all parishes, so look for it in your parish bulletin or service, or read the Easter message here.

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Thursday 25 February 2016

Christian World Service has launched an appeal for Fiji after Cyclone Winston caused widespread destruction. The death toll has reached 42 and continues to rise. Many more have been injured, and government authorities report that more than 13,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

Read more or give to the appeal here.

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Thursday 25 February 2016

Leith Valley interim lead pastor’s position

A position exists for a person with appropriate experience and ability to fill a two-year vacancy as interim lead pastor in the Leith Valley Parish in Dunedin.

This position coincides with the two year absence of our present lead pastor who will be away on national duties for this period.

This full-time position begins in November of 2016, however a transition period of negotiable length would be required, potentially at half time.

The position will require someone able to lead a staff team, Council and...

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Wednesday 24 February 2016

This year, Neighbours Day Aotearoa - the weekend that brings neighbours together to help build stronger, more resilient communities - falls on Psalm Sunday, with Good Friday just a few days later.

With this in mind, PresCare, the partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support, is resourcing parishes to get involved by sharing Easter buns with your neighbours.

Check out this page on the Church website for ideas about how to get involved. ...

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Friday 19 February 2016

Church Moderator, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton, has published two documents as a follow-up to his June 2015 It's a matter of faith white paper.

The two papers - Green volunteers: your voice (part one) is a summary of feedback received in response to the issues raised in It's a matter of faith, and Green volunteers: a way forward (part two) is Andrew's reflection on that feedback. 

The papers, which have been widely circulated to parishes, ministers,...

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Friday 05 February 2016

The Church's leadership subcommittee has made available some resources relating to the use of inclusive language. Two papers and a study prepared by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership are available here.

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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Read the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) submission against introducing legislation to allow “physician-assisted dying”.

The ICBC is an ecumenical, cross-cultural body supported by the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand - see more at www.interchurchbioethics.org.nz.

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Tuesday 19 January 2016

Help New Zealanders live in better quality rental housing. The government is calling for public submissions on the issue until 27 Jan. The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has teamed up with ActionStation, Unicef, CPAG and Sustainability Trust to create a simple way for you to make a submission here http://www.actionstation.org.nz/minimum-housing-standards

NZCCSS supports legislation to raise housing standards but believes the standard proposed in the government Bill...

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Thursday 17 December 2015

The Christmas narrative has significant relevance for the problems facing today's world - acts of terrorism, the clashing of political powers, religious extremism, hope and despair - says Rt Rev Andrew Norton. Read more

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